Fredrik W. Wiant
Planner and Scout Leader
Fredrik W. Wiant, 61, a planner with the Army Corps of Engineers and a Boy Scout volunteer, died Dec. 28 in a traffic accident near Nashua, Iowa. The Iowa Highway Patrol said his car crossed into a lane of oncoming traffic and collided with two other cars on Route 218.
Mr. Wiant, who lived in Reston, was born in Milwaukee and grew up in Iowa and Colorado. He served in the Army in Europe and later in the California Army National Guard. He graduated from the University of Denver, where he also received a master's degree in history. He also had a master's degree in history from Stanford University.
In 1981, he was recalled to military duty as a professor of military history at New Mexico Military Institute and in 1985 was assigned to the National Guard Bureau in Washington, where he remained until leaving military service as a major in 1990. Since his discharge, he had been a civilian planner with the Corps of Engineers.
His decorations included a Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.
An Eagle Scout and holder of the Wood Badge, Mr. Wiant was a former scoutmaster of Troop 895 in Falls Church, which he revitalized with camping and exploration outings and public service.
He sang bass with the choir of Falls Church Presbyterian Church, where he taught Sunday school and served as elder and chair of the church's Mission and Social Action Committee.
His marriage to Fredel Amos ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Myrna, of Reston; three children from his first marriage, Fredrik Wiant II of Ashburn, Jon Fredrik Wiant of Boulder, Colo., and Laura Wiant of Pueblo, Colo.; four stepchildren, Berin, Meredith, Trevor and Loren McKeown, all of Reston; his stepmother, Jean Knight Wiant of Estherville, Iowa; two brothers, Jon Wiant of Falls Church and James Wiant of St. Cloud, Minn.; a sister, Sally Wiant of Lexington, Va.; a stepbrother; a stepsister; and a grandson.
Jesse Claypoole Jr.
Jesse Stanley Claypoole Jr., 86, a retired Navy captain who was a project manager with Vitro Laboratories in Silver Spring in the 1970s, died Dec. 27 at his home in Alexandria. He had colon cancer.
Capt. Claypoole, who had lived in the Washington area since 1964, was a North Carolina native and a 1939 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.
During World War II, he served on the flagship of the fleet landing D-Day troops on the beaches of Normandy in June 1944. He was stationed aboard the heavy cruiser Augusta when it transported President Harry S. Truman to Europe for the Potsdam Conference in 1945.
Capt. Claypoole, a supply officer, served overseas assignments in Denmark and Britain. He also commanded a naval supply depot in Mechanicsburg, Pa., before retiring from active duty in 1969.
He was a member of Immanuel Episcopal Church on the Hill in Alexandria.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth Felder Claypoole, and a daughter, Elizabeth Claypoole Holland, both of Alexandria; two sons, Jesse III, of Charleston, S.C., and Richard Bryan Claypoole of Alexandria; and two grandchildren.